IEC-6 cells, an intestinal epithelial cell line, produce insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-II and IGF-binding protein-2 (IGFBP-2). Exogenous IGFs stimulate and IGFBP-2 attenuates DNA synthesis. To investigate whether endogenously secreted IGFBP-2 inhibits proliferation, IEC-6 cells were transfected with a full-length rat IGFBP-2 cDNA antisense expression construct. The steady-state level of IGFBP-2 mRNA decreased by 54% in the antisense cDNA-transfected cells (denoted revBP2) compared with vector-transfected controls. Moreover, revBP2 cells secreted less IGFBP-2 than controls (maximally a 68% decrease). In serum-containing medium, revBP2 cells exhibited a 35% increase in log-phase proliferation rate and growth-arrested at a maximum density 14% higher than controls. We conclude that endogenous IGFBP-2 inhibits proliferation of IEC-6 cells, probably by sequestering IGFs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Jun 26 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology